Some recommended ways to stop Snoring.

Millions of men and women of all ages are afflicted with some sort of snoring problem to a greater or lesser degree. Whether you are the one who snores, or the one who has to listen to it, it is major problem for anyone to deal with.

Someone who snores not only suffers from very disturbed and restless sleep, he or she can disrupt the sleep patterns of the other people living with them too. Any sufferer needs to find ways to reduce or eliminate the snoring that prevents you and your loved ones from getting an adequate amount of sleep. Snoring has been known to end many a marriage in the past! So read on whether you are the snorer yourself or you currently live with one.

The first step to resolving your snoring problem is to uncover its underlying cause. There are a number of conditions that only cause harm in the form of lack of sleep, while others can actually be quite serious. Not treating your cause of snoring can cause it to become a bigger problem – even deadly.

Here are a few tips that are tried and tested and may well help you in your fight to lessen the risk of snoring.

Changing your sleeping position can reduce or end snoring. Usually, snoring occurs in a person who is sleeping on their back. When you are sleeping on your back the muscles in your throat relax but this is a situation that can be prevented by lying on your side to sleep. Doing so provides peaceful, uninterrupted and more restful sleep. It may only be a part or temporary solution but may be a help,

To lessen the risk of snoring, try not to eat or to consume alcohol for three hours prior to bedtime. Both heavy meals and alcohol can relax your throat muscles. The more relaxed your muscles are, the more likely they are to collapse and cause your airway to be restricted, which leads to snoring.

People who are constantly congested because of allergies are a lot more likely to experience snoring while they sleep. Congested sinuses restrict airflow through the nasal passages, which makes you snore. In order to avoid snoring and sleep peacefully, try taking a mild decongestant before you go to bed

Another way to help stop yourself snoring and give some relief, is by using a couple of pillows and propping yourself up into a sitting position while sleeping. This allows nasal drainage to flow into the lungs, instead of building up in nasal passages.

As you have realised it’s all about the throat as far as these tips are concerned. What you consume could affect how much you snore. Alcohol and sedatives can cause you to snore more when taken regularly. It is best to consume them in moderation. They cut down on activity in your nervous system, which relaxes the body so much that your throat muscles do not function properly.

If you snore heavily, you should avoid drinking alcohol at all. Additionally, you should stay away from all types of sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and certain antihistamines at night. Such drugs are muscle relaxers. While they have their uses, they also tend to affect your breathing passages, and make snoring more likely and severe. As stated earlier, snoring affects the lives of a multitude of people. Someone who snores not only suffers from disturbed and restless sleep, he or she can disrupt the sleep patterns of the other people living with them, too. Find ways to reduce or eliminate the snoring that prevents you and your loved ones from getting an adequate amount of sleep.

For real permanent relief that’s instant, convenient and low cost ask your doctor or dentist about mandibular advancement devices or MAD’s. These mouthpieces or oral devices are positioned in your mouth snugly against your upper teeth and lower teeth. The appliance positions your jaw slightly forward, which can help you stop snoring – permanently.

Many people who snore don’t consider how it impacts their relationship with their ‘significant other’. Snoring can cause a strain on your relationships and frustrate sleeping partners.

Make sure that you always seek professional help from a doctor or a dentist for a solution that can cure snoring for the long-term.

By John Redfern

Is Snoring Dangerous?

Many people in the UK have to cope with the noisy and heavy snoring of either themselves or their family members. In addition to it being deafening and impacting upon your sleep, it could be very dangerous to your health and you should take action to stop it immediately or at least minimise the problem as soon as you possibly can.

Snoring is highly distressing to others and really heavy snoring can be a clear symptom of Sleep Apnoea, a condition that is potentially dangerous and even life threatening on certain occasions. Medical help should be sought out to check if this is your particular affliction. How will you know – surely it’s just simple snoring – always a bit of a music hall joke? Not really.

Some of the more obvious symptoms of heavy snoring are listed here:

  • Weight Gain
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Attention Deficit
  • Poor Memory
  • Lower Sex Drive
  • Hypertension
  • More time off work sick
  • Poor Job Performance
  • Heart Disease Symptoms
  • A series of near accidents in the home, when at work or driving your car

All these things result from regular disturbed nights with poor sleep and rest. Your partner may notice the problem more than you do so make sure to listen to what they say without any resultant irritable reaction.

Some of the more serious consequences of very heavy snoring or Sleep Apnoea, all thoroughly researched and proved, include the following:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia – irregular heart beat
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Stroke

Additionally if snoring occurs in children it can produce some quite serious behavioural problems and this has been recently verified in research as have all the major medical problems that are listed above. So it’s really very straightforward. Get professional help and ignore snoring at your peril. Literally. Consult your GP as soon as possible if you’re concerned about anything that bears any resemblance to the list of symptoms.

Lessening the problem, even completely eradicating may not be as difficult or worrying as you think. No dangerous surgery, no oxygen supplies to be piped throughout the night. no alluring adhesive strips stuck on your face, and no obvious signs.

Simply, it’s a mouthpiece that is similar to a gum-shield and it slightly adjusts the angle of your jaw and by doing so opens the passage in your throat to assist your breathing. Result – snoring eliminated.

Low cost, easily available, highly efficient and recommended by Dentists throughout the world and also by GP’s here in the UK as well as the National Health Service. Not only will it safeguard your health but it will please your partner too – even the whole family – and you’ll start to really enjoy life more again after a regular good night’s sleep.

It’s probably the best investment you could ever make – particularly as companies such as Sleeppro will refund your money if you’re not perfectly satisfied with the results achieved inside 28 days. That’s a real sign of total product confidence and is based on years of experience manufacturing their products to high standards right here in the UK.

The mouthpiece is easy to use, will not cause discomfort, and is proven to help stop snoring in many people who have problems with soft tissue in their throat collapsing and obstructing the airway.

Not only that, as well as the Standard version, they can custom make one for perfect fit at a price that will amaze you.

Don’t’ wait – it’s easy. Look after your Health and Stop Snoring now.

By John Redfern

HOT NEWS! How wearing Stockings can apparently stop you Snoring

Snoring as a subject is always highly popular in the British Press as it is such a very widespread problem, affecting nearly half of the UK population, and therefore sure to attract the eye and be a popular read. Sadly, it is often treated too lightly. Our dear friends at The Daily Mail have been true to form.

The Mail has an eye-catching headline that they’ve used with some interesting support photography using famous imagery from The Graduate where Dustin Hoffman has his first encounter with Mrs Robinson –and ‘long legs in stockings are very much on show to the sound of Simon and Garfunkel.

Following all this however, and having captured their audience, is a serious and informative article.

Wearing tight stockings during the day may be a new way to tackle snoring at night. We already have Compression stockings being widely used to treat varicose veins and prevent blood clots in the legs after surgery and also during long-haul flights. They are now being given to people with sleep apnoea, a major cause of snoring, and recommended to others.

Heavy snoring, and Sleep apnoea in particular causes a short pause in breathing before the brain prompts the muscles to reopen the airway once again. It happens because the soft tissue in the throat collapses in the night and blocks the passage of air repeatedly.

The idea is that the knee-length stockings will help stop this happening because their role is to tackle fluid build-up in the body. Although only a small study of 12 patients was used it has created a lot of interest because it has shown that the stockings reduce symptoms by about a third.

Snoring of course is a massive problem throughout the UK, and the world, and we now know that Sleep Apnoea affects as many as one in 25 of the UK population.

The two can also be highly dangerous to your health and lots of recent research has proved that they increase the risk significantly for heart failure, stroke and diabetes. We tend to think of snoring as something amusing and not to take the problem too seriously until it is perhaps too late.

If you’re a sufferer, or a bedfellow then a Music Hall Joke is certainly what it’s not.

Unless caught in time and controlled, the main treatment for this degree of heavy snoring or sleep apnoea is a type of mask that is called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and this mask delivers a supply of compressed air during sleep to prevent the airway closing. While these devices can be quite effective, they are not popular with those who snore. Most people find them very uncomfortable to wear, and it is estimated that around 46 per cent of people given them do not continue to use them.

The stockings prevent tissue fluid building up in the legs during the day and then pump it back up the body – certainly those with normal circulation. Experts believe an accumulation of this fluid can flow back towards the head when the patient lies down at night. And the wearing of the stockings will help this problem for snorers in a similar way. Time and research will tell us more.

However the tried and tested NHS and Dentally recommended route still prevails and the MAD stop snoring device or mouthpiece brings fast results without all the other problems we hear about. So make sure to keep your GP or Dentist informed and take advice.

Take a look at our YouTube video for more info

By John Redfern

Heavy snorers 'face double the risk' of rheumatoid arthritis

As well as the recent well-published links to a higher incidence of Cancer and also Diabetes, Heavy snorers or sufferers from Sleep apnoea have now been linked to a significant increase in the risk of auto-immune disorders, where the body attacks healthy tissues

A new study now shows that heavy snoring almost doubles the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers found that patients diagnosed with the snoring-related condition sleep apnoea were nearly twice as likely to suffer the joint-damaging disease.

The discovery, which comes from research carried out in the Far East, is something of a surprise, as rheumatoid arthritis. which affects around 350,000 people in the UK, is thought only to be triggered when something goes actually goes fundamentally wrong with the immune system.

At risk are an estimated three million people in Britain alone who suffer with sleep apnoea, though many, many more may remain undiagnosed.

The same study found a similar increase in the risk of other so-called auto-immune disorders, where the body’s defences start to attack healthy tissues. Scientists said they believe the explanation lies in the fact that chronic sleep apnoea can lead to inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body, which may act as a catalyst for arthritis.

Although previous studies have suggested sleep apnoea may raise the risk of heart attacks, the latest investigation is the first to show a link with arthritis. An estimated three million people in Britain suffer with sleep apnoea, though many more may remain undiagnosed.

As far as beating arthritis is concerned – it is all in the head. Pain of joint condition can be erased through counselling.

How Sleep apnoea occurs

As sleep begins, the muscles in the airway tend to relax. For most people this does not pose a problem but in sleep apnoea, it leads to a complete collapse that shuts off breathing for at least ten seconds.

It also disrupts breathing and triggers the sound of snoring as air vibrates against the soft tissue that stands in its way.

Once the brain realises breathing has stopped it sends out a signal for the airway muscles to contract again which opens the airway and the sufferer normally wakes with a jolt. In mild sleep apnoea, this can happen about once every ten minutes. If it’s severe, it means sleep can be disturbed every couple of minutes.

Very few people remember waking up at all because they fall asleep again within seconds. Yet the cumulative effect is that they feel exhausted during the day, putting them at increased risk of accidents.

In this latest study, by experts at a specialist Medical University, 1,411 sleep apnoea patients were compared to a 7,000-strong group of healthy adults.

Over a five-year period, researchers monitored how many in each group went on to develop rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis and other associated conditions – all conditions where the immune system goes haywire and causes swollen, painful joints and flu-like symptoms.

These results have recently been published in the journal Sleep Medicine, and show the snoring-affected group were 91 per cent more likely to develop one of the three conditions. However, the researchers stressed that the absolute risk of falling ill was still small. Out of the snoring patients, only 2.91 percent experienced arthritis-related problems.

In a report on their findings the researchers said: ‘This study is the first to investigate the association between sleep apnoea and the development of auto-immune diseases. This may have gone unnoticed in clinical settings because these cases are relatively rare and may not be reported.

‘But the potential link between these two conditions should not be overlooked. Among the diseases we studied, rheumatoid arthritis had the highest risk of developing in sleep apnoea patients.’

As well as inflamed and swollen joints, arthritis sufferers also experience flu-like symptoms. In very severe cases, they can end up crippled and unable to live a full life. But diagnosing the condition can be difficult as the early signs can be as innocuous as a slight stiffness in hand joints, often early in the morning.

Believe it or not, the best person to treat your snoring and sleep apnoea is your dentist. There are several effective treatments that can open up your airway while you sleep so as to eliminate snoring and correct issues associated with sleep apnoea. But the first step in your treatment is a proper diagnosis of your condition, which often requires participation in a sleep study.

From that point you’ll find that the most common treatments for snoring and sleep apnoea is Oral appliance therapy – Custom-fit devices to be worn at night that prevent airway obstruction and allow you to breathe easily while you sleep -otherwise referred to as MAD’s, Splints or mouthpieces.

By John Redfern

Stop Snoring and Share a bed again – It's Healthy

Recently published medical studies underline the fact that there are powerful benefits to be gained from sleeping together. Couples that sleep together gain more than shut-eye. So if snoring has come between you and your partner – literally – then now is the time to do something about it.

Does your partner snore loudly or pull the covers off you at night? Does he have nightmares or grind his teeth? Regardless of your partner’s sometimes annoying bedtime behaviour, the truth is that sleeping with your spouse can actually have powerful and positive effects on your relationship.

According to a study from the University of Pittsburgh, couples that sleep together will probably experience better health. The researchers found that couples that sleep together were less likely to awaken during the night and more likely to sleep soundly, and that co-sleeping could actually help to lessen the level of the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is behind feelings of anxiety or stress that can lead to major health problems down the road, and not only does sleeping together help to decrease it, but Assistant Professor and study author Wendy M. Troxel also believes it could help increase oxytocin. Oxytocin is a “bonding” hormone that helps to create feelings of love and intimacy between couples, and it plays an important role in our relationships and our sex lives.

However, sharing a bed isn’t always easy. Many couples want to sleep together but because it’s disruptive they give up and retreat to separate beds. If you choose to do that, not only does this mean that you won’t reap the amazing benefits of co-sleeping, but it also means that you will lessen your chances of intimacy. You might find that your sex life suffers and your emotional connection weakens, as you no longer have as many opportunities for sexual interaction or pillow talk, all of which can help to organically create those feelings of bonding and intimacy.  So take control of that snoring problem now.

If this sounds familiar, here are some easy ways to help create better rest for both you and your partner:

  • Try to get on the same sleep schedule. If he’s a night owl and you’re out like a light by 10 p.m., it can be hard to find middle ground. Try to find a way to compromise: Maybe you can stay up an hour later and he can come to bed an hour earlier, or maybe he can read in bed (the new e-readers are a great way for late-night bookworms to read without disrupting their partner) while you hit the hay. The compromise won’t be easy at first, but once you start reaping the benefits of increased intimacy, you might find the adjustment worth it.
  • Talk to a doctor about snoring. Is snoring the main issue behind your lack of sleep? It could indicate a health problem.  Some doctors recommend taking an antihistamine before bed to help clear the passageways and promote quieter sleep, but there could be any number of factors behind snoring (including excess weight), so be sure to talk to a doctor and ask for sleeping solutions — whether it’s you or your mate who’s the culprit. Mouthpieces are an easy and quick solution and are widely recommended by the NHS.
  • Tackle temperature troubles. If you can’t agree on temperature or the number of blankets that work for you, find unique ways to compromise. Maybe you can sleep under the bedspread while he sleeps on top of it with a light blanket, or maybe you can bundle up in warmer place while he goes in the buff.

It’s all about what works for you and your relationship. Snoring is the biggest factor in the ‘separate bedroom’ situation but today it is easily resolved. Use an Anti-snoring mouthpiece. It can resolve more than a snoring problem.

These mouthpieces are also referred to as Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD’s) and can prove to be just as effective as surgery at reducing snoring.

By John Redfern

Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces

According to Health Magazine the best possible way to get a good night’s rest if you snore is, and always has been, by utilizing a mouthpiece. This offers a solution to the world’s millions of snorers to fix their snoring problems. If you do not understand the underlying causes of snoring, it is quite difficult to decide which remedy of the many that are available will be the best for you. While asleep the snorers throat muscles will become very relaxed and the soft tissue collapses in on itself, blocking the flow of oxygen to the blood, brain, and heart possibly causing serious problems. Therefore, as snorers breathe, the uvula and muscles vibrate and knock against the back of the throat, causing the sound people hear from snoring.

These mouthpieces are also referred to as Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD’s) and can prove to be just as effective as surgery at reducing snoring.

Athletic mouth guards are very reminiscent of these mouthpieces, and if you’ve seen one, you’d probably recognize the other. They work by pushing the jaw forward while you are sleeping, which promotes a greater amount of space in your airway alleviating any blockage. This in turn makes the air pass freely through the mouth and the throat, and eliminates snoring.

Another added benefit of the mouthpiece is that it helps prevent your tongue from sliding to the back of your throat. This is helpful since a good number of people are snoring victims because their tongues fall back into their throats as they sleep. While this sounds extremely uncomfortable the snorer doesn’t know they are experiencing this problem and wakes up completely clueless. This highly effective anti-snoring device is even more advantageous since it not only eliminates snoring, but it alleviates sleep apnoea as well – which can be so dangerous if untreated.

With proper usage and care these mouthpieces can provide a number of benefits:

The relief is immediate : The snoring problem stops as soon as a snoring mouthpiece is put in; hence it is far better than waiting for pills to work or recovering from any medical procedure.

Reduces the chance of developing a more serious illness: It is so unfortunate that people who snore are more susceptible to developing heart disease, sleep apnoea, and high blood pressure. Thankfully, the sooner one can stop snoring, the lesser the chances of developing such problems.

The comfort factor: Almost all stop snoring mouthpiece are made of soft plastic, this brings the cushioning effect instead of poking the mouth. Therefore, it’s very unlikely that you will feel any discomfort while sleeping with a stop snoring mouthpiece in.

It saves people from embarrassment: It help by saving one the embarrassment of being branded “that guy”, who when falling asleep, starts snoring, hence keeping everyone else awake. You can avoid being a nuisance to others sleeping around you simply by investing in one of these mouthpieces.

A key additional benefit is that you can enjoy sleep without interruption, and without annoying your loved ones.

By John Redfern

40% of snorers are women

No woman really wants to snore…but they represent 40% of snorers…. and often the majority of them go untreated

Snoring is always considered to be a male domain and of course does affect significant numbers of middle-aged men – but evidence clearly shows that many women fail to realize that they suffer from the same chronic condition – and are blind to the health implications it may have.

“Women in particular do not like to think they snore – there’s a stigma attached to it – yet they account for 40 per cent of snorers,” says Dr Martin Allen, consultant physician at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, and spokesperson for the British Lung Foundation. “It can affect women of any age, though it is more common after the menopause.”

As far as health is concerned snoring has been linked with a slightly increased risk of blood pressure, higher cholesterol and stroke.

More often than not it’s a symptom of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnoea that can have very serious implications for health if left untreated, as it is often.

Although as few as 4 per cent of the population suffer from this problem, fewer than 10 per cent of those affected get any form of treatment.
“It’s thought sleep apnoea puts the body into fight or flight mode and encourages the release of hormones and chemicals in the blood that may trigger these conditions,” says Dr Allen.

“That’s why it’s so important to get treatment if you have sleep apnoea. There is evidence to show people who didn’t receive treatment for this condition had an increased risk of heart attack compared to those who did. And these hormones can lead to a sustained increase in blood pressure.”

It can affect a woman of any age but is often linked to the type of health changes that occur in pregnancy or during the menopause.
Statements from other specialists in the UK support these conclusions in connection with sleep apnoea. “Sleep apnoea is certainly becoming a more common problem in young women due to the increasing incidence of obesity,” says Alasdair Mace, who is an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and Head and Neck surgeon at Charing Cross and St Mary’s Hospitals in London.

The condition has been clearly linked to heart failure and type 2 diabetes. Couple this to the recent findings in the USA that linked sleep apnoea to a five-fold increase in cancer and we begin to understand the seriousness of the risk involved.

Any factors that narrow the airway can increase this risk and in sleep apnoea, obstruction is caused by the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relaxing and collapsing so much they cause a total blockage.

One key symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea is snoring, but what is worse is that the patient stops breathing frequently.  All of which can be lessened in severity if not totally overcome by modern technology.

Rather than referral for surgery, or constant use of oxygen through the night, it is easy to take appropriate steps to minimize or prevent it happening. The first step often recommended by the HNS is to fit a simple mouthpiece for mandibular adjustment, keeping the airway clear and preventing the main cause of snoring.

Nevertheless always make sure to raise any snoring problems with your doctor. Keep him informed – it will pay dividends.

By John Redfern

Snoring Linked to Cancer!

Snoring can raise Cancer risk five-fold • Daily Telegraph 20 May 2012

I’ve never been an alarmist but when I saw this headline by the Medical Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, and then saw it once more, as a lead page on NHS Choices, who used the line:

Snorers ‘have higher cancer risk’ • NHS Choices 21 May 2012

I was concerned enough to investigate these claims more thoroughly and find their origin. The results were frankly, astonishing to read. Because it’s so important I want to include a lot of the detail as I think you’d like to read it.

What did the research involve?

Researchers looked at data collected from a Sleep study that featured 1,522 adults. Their sleep was thoroughly monitored in a sleep laboratory, and then followed up for 22 years. The researchers looked at whether those with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), or in simple everyday language, Snoring, were more likely to die from cancer than those without.

The researchers categorised people as having normal sleep breathing, mild SDB, moderate SDB or severe SDB based on their score on a standard scale called the “apnoea-hypopnea index” (AHI). This score is calculated based on the average number of times per hour of sleep that a person’s nasal and oral airflow stopped for 10 seconds or more (apnoea), or how many times they have a detectable reduction in breathing and blood oxygen levels (hypopnea). Participants who reported using a device to treat apnoea (a “continuous positive airway pressure” (CPAP) machine) were considered to have severe SDB. This machine blows air into a sleeper’s airways through a special mask, preserving the flow of air into the lungs.

The researchers also asked people about severe daytime sleepiness, their alcohol consumption, smoking habits, general health, physical activity and recorded whether they had been diagnosed by a GP as having diabetes or sleep apnoea.

Each participant’s body mass index (BMI) was calculated at the start of the study.

Any deaths were identified from national and regional records. The researchers then analysed whether deaths from cancer were more common among those with SDB than those without the condition and they took into account factors such as age, gender, BMI and smoking, all of which could affect cancer risk.

I have kept the records of the results and they are available to you if required.

How did the researchers interpret the results?

They concluded that their findings suggested that Snoring or “sleep-disordered breathing” is associated with higher levels of cancer death and said that as this is the first study to report such an association, more studies are needed to confirm it. This is a worrying story evolving over 22 years. So how long do we have to wait for absolute proof? Is there time for you or I to wait for this further study? I think not.

Conclusion • Quoted from the Report

This study has suggested that there may be an association between severe sleep-disordered breathing and cancer mortality. However, there are the following limitations to consider:

  • The number of people with severe sleep-disordered breathing in this study was small, as was the number of deaths from cancer. These small numbers mean that the results of the study may not be very reliable, as they are more susceptible to being influenced by chance. Larger studies will therefore be needed to confirm these findings.
  • Sleep was only monitored once, at the start of the study, and may not be representative of a person’s long-term sleep breathing.
  • The researchers took into account various factors that could be linked to both sleep-disordered breathing and cancer, such as obesity. However, even with adjustments these and other factors may still have affected the results. For example, the average BMI among the 39 people with severe sleep-disordered breathing was high, at 38.6 kg/m2 (a BMI of 30kg/m2 or above is considered obese, and a BMI of over 40kg/m2 morbidly obese).
  • The study did not look at the risk of getting cancer; it only looked at risk of death from cancer.

Obviously these findings are of serious interest and even concern to all of us and also to Doctors, Clinics and Hospitals. Major Studies like this are not published on NHS Choices without them being important. However more evidence will definitely need to be gathered before a definite conclusion emerges. In the meantime we simply ask: Is there a possible link between Snoring and death from Cancer.

What was most significant to me however was that the link between Snoring and Cancer held true even after all their lifestyle adjustments for things such as smoking, alcohol, diet and weight.

And alarmingly, the link was stronger for those of a healthy weight than the obese. Snoring can be a simple thing to resolve with something as simple as a SleepPro mouthpiece so I ask myself “Why take this risk?”

By John Redfern

Sleep School 2012 announces new training to diagnose sleep disorders.

Did you know that snoring is the No. 1 symptom for people who suffer from a potentially deadly disease called Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

In fact, it has been ascertained by doctors that snoring can also lead to daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, high blood pressure, and many more life altering, and occasionally threatening issues.

In fact, there are more than 80 sleeping disorders in total with varied degrees of influence on the physical, psychological and social well-being of those who are the sufferers. This has raised the medical prominence of the subject to new levels as it is now realised that this has a serious cost effect on our National Health Service.

Basically, attack the main causes of the snoring problem and eliminate large numbers of these dangerous disorders that cost hospitals a lot of money and more importantly, can endanger our lives.

Sleep Clinic for Children & Adults Chief Executive, Dr Pamela Hamilton-Stubbs, said that sleeping disorders range from basic snoring to severe sleep apnoea.

“Sleep apnoea worldwide is mostly undiagnosed and affects millions in developed and non-developed countries,” said the expert.

Dr Hamilton-Stubbs added that sleep problems are now increasingly recognised as an important manifestation of different diseases. Impaired sleep quality and short sleep duration might be associated with a serious decline in overall health and could also cause mortality, stating that social and demographic influences are critical for sleep attainment.

With regard to the a new course that is available for medical professionals in Occupation Sleep Medicine, that has been developed in collaboration with Philips Respironics, she said that it is a very new field within sleep medicine and is closely linked to the science of sleep. The clinical practice of Sleep Medicine would play a crucial role in fatigue risk management. In short term, it improves performance, productivity and safety, while in the longer term, it improves workers’ health and well-being.

It is often stated that many sleep disorders cause an increase in daytime sleepiness and also an increase in road traffic accidents. “It is associated with many systemic disorders like hypertension.”

“The new course focuses on the needs of the physicians and technicians who want to develop specialist skill in sleep medicine practice.”

The course will raise awareness among the participants about sleep disorders, help them in understanding and diagnosing the problem in general, and the hands-on training will help them in building their skill.

By John Redfern

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Can Sleep Apnoea be treated by using a Mouthpiece

Sleep Scientists and Doctors in America say a BIG YES!

More than 18 million American adults have obstructive Sleep apnea (OSA), according to the National Sleep Foundation. This means that during sleep, the tongue and soft tissues of the mouth relax and fall back into the throat, partially obstructing the airway. People with OSA can actually stop breathing for as much as 10 to 30 seconds, and do this hundreds of times a night. The extra effort that it takes to breathe causes repeated, brief awakenings throughout the night. Although these events are usually unnoticed by those with OSA, their bedmates will realise that something is very wrong, as they lie awake listening to their partners’ very loud snoring.

It has been well documented in numerous studies in the US and the UK that people with OSA have fragmented sleep and that the disorder, if left untreated, can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, an impaired quality of life, and an increased risk of motor vehicle and occupational accidents. It can even cause hypertension, or high blood pressure. A statement from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), explains, “Every time the airway shuts down, the body pumps adrenaline and this raises the blood pressure. Half of the people with sleep apnea have hypertension – sometimes at dangerous levels.”

Another panel of experts, writing in the journal Critical Reviews in Oral Biology & Medicine, analysed 16 different studies of treatments for OSA.

They noted that for persons with severe OSA, the most effective treatment is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. This therapy works on a pneumatic principle: Wearing a mask during sleep, the patient breathes in moist, pressurized air, which forces the airway to remain open. Although CPAP helps a majority of users, figures show that 50 per cent of patients give up on the treatment due to the side effects. These can include nasal congestion, sneezing, dry throat and other problems, according to the panelists, who went on to say that for people with mild to moderate OSA, there is an effective alternative treatment in the form of an oral appliance that is worn during sleep.

This appliance goes by several names: the mandibular advancing device (MAD) or mandibular repositioning appliance (MRA). It is often referred to as a Splint. It looks very much like a sports mouth guard and it works by slightly adjusting the position of the lower jaw (mandible), the tongue and other soft structures in the mouth and throat, thereby keeping the airway open.

It was reported by the panel that in most patients, MAD therapy decreased snoring and daytime sleepiness, and it improved work performance and sleep quality of both patient and partner.

There are a number of versions of these oral appliances. To discover how well they work Sleep Apnea sufferers are advised to try a basic product initially; one such as the sleepPro Standard. Low-cost, efficient, and simple to fit they are very readily available and can be ordered online for delivery to the home.

If successful, as they often are for mild and medium sufferers, then it is possible to upgrade to a custom-fit version, available from the same UK company. Alternatively, at greater cost, the same type of product can be custom-fitted by a dental professional.

However it is important that people with severe OSA should talk to their doctors about CPAP as their first treatment.

By John Redfern